DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) said today that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) has upgraded the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade with a stable outlook.
The new GM corporate and GM Financial credit rating is BBB-. That is one level higher than the previous GM rating of BB+, which S&P assigned in September 2011. In September 2013, S&P revised GM’s outlook from “stable” to “positive.” GM Financial’s previous rating was BB.
“Delivering segment-leading vehicles, improving the efficiency of our operations and building a fortress balance sheet made this upgrade possible,” GM CEO Mary Barra said. “While we are not yet satisfied, and know we have work to do, I am confident that our renewed focus on our customers will drive even stronger business results.”
At its annual Global Business Conference for investors on October 1, GM will share more details about its near-term business targets and long-term strategic plan.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com
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